Atlanta Hawks’ forward Paul Millsap will miss the first two games of the preseason after undergoing a procedure on his right knee, the team announced in a statement on their website.
The team said the procedure was only preventative and was intended to reduce swelling in his right knee. They further said that he will go through phases of rest and recovery before resuming full basketball activities.
“After reviewing the options with Paul to treat his knee and provide him the best long-term care, we agreed, largely due to the time of year, that this was the best method and time to ensure his complete readiness for the start of the regular season,” president of basketball operations and head coach Mike Budenholzer said.
Millsap, 31, played in 81 regular season games for Atlanta last season, averaging 17.1 points and nine rebounds per game. He originally signed with Atlanta back in 2013 on a two-year deal. After nearly taking a deal with the Orlando Magic in the summer of 2015, he stuck with the Hawks. He is entering the second season of a three-year, $59 million contract.
Longtime frontcourt companion Al Horford left the Hawks in free agency to sign a max contract with the Boston Celtics. Now, Millsap will be paired with newcomer Dwight Howard.
So far it looks like Millsap will be more than ready for the regular season-opener. If he misses the first two preseason games as expected, he would return on Oct. 10 when the Hawks host the Cleveland Cavaliers.